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In addition to writing, I also do a lot of editing – and what I see is that many people have a hard writing proper sentences. To help make your writing flow more smoothly and correctly, here is a guide to some common grammatical mistakes.





COMMON GRAMMATICAL ERRORS TO AVOID


Lack of subject/verb agreement – When writing in the present tense, a singular subject requires a singular verb, and a plural subject requires a plural verb.

  • Wrong: Becky go to her dance class every Wednesday afternoon.
  • Right: Becky goes to her dance class every Wednesday afternoon.
  • Wrong: The neighborhood dogs barks all afternoon.
  • Right: The neighborhood dogs bark all afternoon.

Use of run-on sentences – Run-on sentences occur when what should or could be two separate sentences are put side-by-side without any punctuation or conjunction between them.

  • Wrong: Sam went to the store he bought some peas.
  • Right: Sam went to the store; he bought some peas.
  • Right: Same went to the store and he bought some peas.
  • Right: Sam went to the store. He bought some peas.

Use of comma splices – When two independent clauses are joined together with just a comma, this is called a comma splice.

  • Wrong: I enjoy working out of my home, I like being my own boss.
  • Right: I enjoy working out of my home, and I like being my own boss.
  • Right: I enjoy working out of my home. I like being my own boss.
  • Right: I enjoy working out of my home; I like being my own boss.

Use of sentence fragments – If your sentence is missing a subject, a verb or both, it is not a true and correct sentence – it is a fragment.

  • Wrong: The plumber that came to our house.
  • Right: The plumber that came to our house was punctual.
  • Wrong: Dancing in the streets.
  • Right: We were dancing in the streets.
  • Wrong: Because she was tired.
  • Right: Because she was tired, she went to bed.




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